The 12 Days of Christmas

November 8 - January 3, 2016

One of "The South's Best Holiday Experiences" - Southern Living Magazine

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House, November 27 to January 3. Made possible by IBERIABANK and the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.

Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

Enjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across our winter wonderland.

Please note that wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis; however trams will not be in service during nighttime showings.

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During the evening, the garden remains open for extended hours for The 12 Days at Night displaying the illuminated gazebos for magical nighttime viewing. New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property.

Holiday tea, Santa sightings and special activities round out a visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Daytime exhibit

Daily, November 8 - January 3

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Daytime general admission is regular admission, parking and free for Arboretum members.

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The 12 Days at Night

Special evening showings

Sundays – Thursdays, November 8 – January 3

Special Weekend Nights: Dec. 5, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

6 - 9 p.m.

The Arboretum is open for special lighted nighttime showings. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase.

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Adults: $20 non-members; $12 members

Seniors: $15 non-members; $10 members

Children ages 3-12: $10 non-members; $9 members

Children under 3: Free.

Parking is included with admission.

Questions about The 12 Days of Christmas? Interested in purchasing tickets? Contact Customer Service at 214-515-6615.

Group Sales

For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact or 214-515-6520.

Plans change, so please know that you are covered under our exchange policy below:

In the event of inclement weather, tickets for the 12 Days at Night events may be exchanged for another evening, based on availability. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs, but no refunds will be issued unless the evening event is cancelled and the Dallas Arboretum is closed. Exchanges for reasons other than inclement weather must be requested 72 hours in advance of the reserved date. The exchange request will be granted based on availability and excludes the evenings of November 27 and 28.

The 12 Days at Night Activities

Kids Christmas Craft

Monday and Tuesdays nights

6 – 8 p.m.

Entry Plaza

Create a craft before experiencing The 12 Days at Night.

SMU Southern Gentlemen acapella group

Wednesday, December 2

6 p.m.

Entry Plaza

The Southern Gentlemen will treat Arboretum guests to a medley of Christmas tunes.

Lake Highlands Wranglers

Wednesday, December 9

6 p.m.

Entry Plaza

They flip. They fly. They twirl. The Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers are a Country & Western dance and stunt team that energize audiences with show-stopping routines you’ll never forget.

The Artistry of the Nativity

Tour of DeGolyer House Exhibit

Daily, November 27 – January 3

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours. Daytime tours of the DeGolyer House’s exhibit, The Artistry of the Nativity, showcase the Harrington and George Dvorsky collections of crèches from around the globe.

Wednesday Evening Dinner

Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

7 p.m. seatings

On select Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, Restaurant DeGolyer is open from 6 to 8 p.m.

In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners on Wednesday evenings for guest to enjoy an elegant dinner and tour The Artistry of the Nativity. The three-course elegant dinner is $52 per person, excluding alcohol.

Cafe on the Green

A special holiday menu is available at Cafe on the Green during the duration of the Holiday at the Arboretum festival.

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Crape Myrtle Allèe

Free with paid garden admission
The Holiday Bazaar will feature local artists, artisans, crafters and others who create unique gift items and will be stationed in Crape Myrtle Allèe, a picturesque spot at the Dallas Arboretum. Items like handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, accessories and many unique treasures will be found for those hard-to-shop-for people that everyone has on their lists.

Holiday Festivities

Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19

12 – 4 p.m.

Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20

1 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment, holiday demonstrations, visits with Santa, a live reindeer and special holiday refreshments for everyone in the family.

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

November 8, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson

The Pear Tree will have gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge will sit "center stage," intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree will revolve with the partridge in it.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Two Turtle Doves will cuddle on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves will be intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading will be decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs

Day three will reflect the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors will bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base will turn. The hens, black-and-white with red accents, will sit in gold straw nests.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Four Calling Birds will sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds will be multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings

The Five Golden Rings will feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring will have a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar will balance a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear will be surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan

The Six Geese A-Laying will be found in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes will sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone "rocks" will be piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese will be sitting on nests, two will be standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two will be nested in the trees. The geese will have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland

The seven swans will float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo will feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or "frozen" pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, will be around the fountain.

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop

This gazebo will feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There will be four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids will carry pails.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea

Nine Ladies Dancing will feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies will be costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and will have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation

This gazebo will feature ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor will be a frozen pond. The lords will be dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The pipers will be dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper will play bagpipes. The ceiling will be draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers will also move in this gazebo.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Sponsored by Myron K. Martin

This gazebo will be a spectacular close to the exhibit. The drummers will be dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They will move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.